The Traditional Arts Expo Celebrates 23 years at the Fair

The Fair invites guests to explore the talents of today's guilds and artisans.


The United Quilt Show

Showcasing the talents of both the Hunterdon County Quilt Guild and the Evening Star Quilt Guild, in addition to displaying items from the Warren County Needle Arts Guild and the Lost Art Lacers of North Jersey.

Tapestry - A Fiber Arts Group

Tapestry was founded by an artistic group of women in February 2016, and meets at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Hope, NJ. Membership is open to anyone interested in exploring and learning a variety of fiber art forms. Since its origination membership has grown to 22 members.

Tapestry’s mission is to combine talents, ideas, skills and creativity to express a variety of art forms.

The group meets on the last Tuesday of the month from September through June at the church. The doors open at 9:30 am and hands on activity begins at 10:00 am. Members may choose to continue socializing at a local restaurant for lunch (this activity is voluntary).

Tapestry dues are $25.00 annually with a onetime application fee of $10.00 to defray the cost of supplies.

Along with the monthly hands on activities, members host occasional Saturday workshops with featured artists, bus trips to destinations highlighting various fiber arts of historical interests and ongoing charitable projects. The Tapestry group traveled to New York City for the Downton Abbey Exhibition and the American Folk Art Museum for a docent tour of the Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics as well as a day trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square, PA, for the annual Orchid Extravaganza. In 2019, Tapestry is hosting a New England Adventure visiting the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA ,and the historic town of Portsmouth, NH.

During the 2018-2019 year members sewed over 150 stockings for Stockings for Soldiers-Delaware, Inc., Angel Gowns for the Family Birth and Newborn Center in the Specialty Care Pavilion at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenberg, PA, created plastic bag mats and winter hats and scarves for the homeless in the Phillipsburg area, gathered items for homeless women veterans and donated hand made tricky tray items for the Warren County Library’s silent auction. In addition, Tapestry presented donations to the Friends of the Warren County Library for specific DIY tools and supplies.

Tapestry members are invited to join a private Facebook group for current information and handouts and receive a monthly newsletter. For additional information, contact Rosemary McGuinness at


Warren County Needle Arts Guild

The Warren County Needlearts Guild was founded in 1979 for those interested in traditional (and sometimes not-so-traditional) needle arts, and is dedicated to the growth of these skills and the learning of new techniques. Hand arts the group focuses on include sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, embroidery, and other forms of creative expression in handwork. The Guild offers monthly programs or projects guided by members’ interests, generally led by talented guild members, with an occasional guest speaker. Each meeting features a “show and tell” of completed or in-progress work, providing inspiration and support for members, offering one-on-one help with problems.

The Needlearts Guild is a small, friendly, creative group that is supportive of others who love needlework. Recent programs have included ruched fabric flowers, an appliqued table-runner, wool penny-rug techniques, chicken-scratch embroidery, and knitting, among others.

Beyond their own interests, the Needlearts Guild members strive to use their skills in making a difference in the community through an annual service project. This year they made quilted fleece blankets for “Derek’s Hugs”, in support of children in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Angel 34 Foundation, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Past projects have benefited pediatric cancer units in Lehigh Valley Hospital via “Con-Kerr Cancer” and the Million Pillowcase Challenge, as well as a program to make totebags and backpacks for school children in Haiti, in conjunction with United Methodist Women.

Meetings are held from September through June on the third Tuesday at 6:30 PM, at the McCrea Port Murray United Methodist Church, 276 Main Street in Port Murray, NJ. Please stop by their table in the Expo building to see examples of their work and talk with members. All items for sale are made by our talented Guild members.

The Evening Star Quilter’s Guild

Founded in September of 1987. The original group of 12 quilters from Warren County who quilted in their homes has grown to a vibrant guild averaging 103 members.

If you have a love for quilting you are welcome to join the group, where you'll learn and share the art and skills of quilting. A main focus of the Evening Star Quilter’s Guild is to provide continuing education and support to all members from beginners to experts. The Guild meets at 7:00 pm at the Belvidere High School on the second Tuesday of each month from September to June every year. Dues amount is $20.00 per year.

Creativity is inspired through the many optional programs, some of which include: show and tell, challenges, block of the month, row quilts and mystery quilts. Workshops on specific designs or techniques are offered throughout the year where one can learn “hands-on” and possibly go home with a finished quilt. A new member liaison assures no one will ever feel uncomfortable attending their first meeting.

Throughout the 24 years the Evening Star Quilter’s Guild has been together, the members have reached out to the community by donating hundreds of quilts in support of local charities and organizations. Each year the Charity Quilt Committee identifies a charity or organization to receive the quilts made by the members. In the past quilts have been provided to “Wrap a Smile”, an organization which helps children with cleft lip or palate repair. Quilts have also been given to the many brave wounded soldiers in hospitals here and abroad though Quilts of Valor. For the past several years, the Evening Star Quilters have created and donated holiday place mats to Meals-on-Wheels for distribution to local shut-ins in hopes of making their holidays brighter. And there are other organizations to which the group has donated many quilts.
To learn more about the Evening Star Quilter’s Guild, please visit our website at




Lois Macknik, a handweaver, will be demonstrating how fancy patterns are woven on a loom. She will also have a small loom you and your children can weave on. A sampler of natural dyed yarn will show what colors could be gotten from different plants and trees.



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